Daily Prayer – Friday 3 April 2020

The Lord is good, a strong refuge when trouble comes. God is close to those who trust in him. Nahum 1.7

Opening Sentences

O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us; let us pray with one heart and mind.

Pause for reflection as you offer the day to God.

As we rejoice in the gift of this new day, so may the light of your presence, O God, set our hearts on fire with love for you; now and for ever. Amen.

Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,
to you be praise and glory for ever.
As a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief
your only Son was lifted up
that he might draw the whole world to himself.
May we walk this day in the way of the cross
and always be ready to share its weight,
declaring your love for all the world.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Blessed be God for ever.

Bible Readings

Psalm 125

  1. Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
    which cannot be moved, but stands fast for ever.
  2. As the hills stand about Jerusalem,
    so the Lord stands round about his people,
    from this time forth for evermore.
  3. The sceptre of wickedness shall not hold sway
    over the land allotted to the righteous,
    lest the righteous turn their hands to evil.
  4. Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
    and to those who are true of heart.
  5. Those who turn aside to crooked ways
    the Lord shall take away with the evildoers;

but let there be peace upon Israel.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.

You are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are citizens with the saints and also members of the household of God, built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the cornerstone. In him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built together spiritually into a dwelling-place for God.

EPHESIANS 2.19-22 

Prayers

Almighty and everlasting God, we thank you that you have brought us safely to the beginning of this day. Keep us from falling into sin or running into danger; order us in all our doings and guide us to do always what is righteous in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

This meditation was recently posted by J.R. Briggs. Spend some time with these questions quietly with God today.

1. What has the coronavirus/this experience taken away from you today? [grief]

2. What has the coronavirus/this experience NOT taken away from you today? [awareness]

3. What has the coronavirus/this experience given you today? [blessing]

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Conclusion

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil, and keep us in eternal life. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord. Thanks be to God.